Julie Ruble

Julie comes from a family passionate about food: Her grandmother made the biscuits and gravy, her father made the chicken and dumplings, and her mother made anything and everything, with a flourish of buttercream on top. Her parents blazed a trail of comfort food from their beginnings in the Midwest to Julie's current home in the South. She lives with her husband Mike and their two dogs in Raleigh, and is the creator of Willow Bird Baking.


Spiced Orange and Pear Compote Recipe

This spiced compote is easy to whip up, and adds a sophisticated twist to appetizers and desserts. Try it with cheese and crackers or over vanilla ice cream.


Cardamom-Spiced Salted Nut Brittle

This spiced nut brittle is a lovely treat for gifting or snacking. The chai flavor profile gives it a unique kick, and Maldon sea salt is the perfect finishing touch.


Cheerwine Hand Pies

These flaky hand pies have a cheery, cherry pie filling that offers a sweet zing, and a drizzle of pink Cheerwine glaze on top seals the deal.